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Minster Trust For Education

Minster Trust For Education

List of Members and Trustees


John Loughton 

Appointing Body - Cathedral Chapter

John was born and grew up in Southwell, attended the Minster Grammar School and was ultimately appointed as Head Boy.  He returned to the school as a teacher of Mathematics before taking up a number of posts in other local schools, culminating in his appointment as Head of The Joseph Whitaker School in Rainworth, a large 11 to 18 years mixed comprehensive school.

John has served on the Diocesan Board of Education and is currently a member of the Southwell & Nottingham Educational Trust (SNET). He is a member of the Minster's congregation and has previously served on the Cathedral Chapter.

In 2013 John was appointed to the Cathedral College of Canons as an Honorary Lay Canon. He is a Justice of the Peace.

Roger Merryweather

Appointing Body - Other Appointed Member

Roger is a prominent local businessman and ex-High Sheriff of Nottingham.  He is Director of the Southwell Heritage Trust and has been a long-standing governor at Lowes Wong Infants School. Roger's family have a long and historically significant association with the town of Southwell, being the first to cultivate the Bramley Apple on a larger scale in the 19th Century.

Chair of Board of Trustees (currently Nigel Turner)

Appointing Body - Ex-Officio

Nigel is a Chartered Accountant (recently retired) with 35 years' experience in general practice, the last 15 being managing partner of the Practice.  His role encompassed all aspects of directing a team for mutual support and success.  Nigel has been involved in the 'not for profit' and charity sectors for 27 years, affording him extensive experience in husbanding scarce resources including public funds.

Nigel was a governor of Minster School for 15 years the latter 10 of which were as Chair.  Prior to his Chair position he headed the Governor team that delivered the £34M new school buildings on time and in budget.

Chair of Diocesan Board of Education (David Picken) 

Appointing Body - Ex-Officio

David has been the Archdeacon of Newark since February 2012. Before that he served in parish ministry for 22 years, preceded by a short teaching career. David has been a school governor continuously since 1995 and was Chair of Governors in schools for much of this time. He currently chairs the Diocesan Board of Education and is a Governor of Dawn House specialist school in Rainworth.

Corporate Member - Diocesan Board of Finance 


Nigel Turner

Trust Role - Chair of Board

See above for further information.

Mark Aldrich

Trust Role - Legal Director

Mark is a partner at Browne Jacobson solicitors.  He specialises in property law, with considerable experience of arbitration and litigation to Court of Appeal level.

Mark was a founding trustee of the Torch multi-academy trust (now resigned).

Moira Hepworth

Trust Role - Policy Director

Moira is the Head of Law and Research for the UK’s professional Institute for local taxation matters. She has worked in this field for over 25 years.  She manages a number of boards and committees, bringing together often disparate views from these groups in order to convey a clear professional response to government initiatives and consultations.  

Moira frequently writes for in-house magazines on technical topics, with her work increasingly involved in consultancy projects for local and central government clients.   She has a BA (Hons) degree in Public Administration and served as a Parent Governor at the Minster School for five years.

Jennifer Jones

Trust Role - Finance Director

Jennifer is a Chartered Accountant who specialises in working with charities. From a governance viewpoint, she was a governor at Farnsfield St Michael's from 2006 to 2018 and chairperson there for 8 years.

Jennifer is a local resident having lived in Farnsfield since 1998 with children currently at the Minster School, who previously attended Farnsfield St Michael's.

Meg Maunder 

Trust Role - Schools and Education Director

Meg has been a leader in educational leadership for a number of years and held significant roles at the National College for School Leadership (NCSL).  She was Assistant Director of NCSL, with particular responsibility for developing National and International Leadership Programmes and their quality assurance.  Meg was responsible for the College’s strategic role with governors and their associations, Equal Opportunities, the Black Pupil Achievement Programme and the Women’s Leadership Programme. She also represented the College at the Cabinet Office on leadership for diversity across all public service sectors.

Meg continues to undertake various roles in education as an independent consultant, including. She co-founded of Women into School Headship initiative and is a member of ASCL Senior Leadership Appointment Service.

Ruth Murray

Trust Role - HR Director

Ruth had a successful career in marketing (WHSmith, Müller Dairy, United Biscuits, Expedia) with extensive line management experience including recruitment, induction, coaching and disciplinary processes.  She is fully trained in all aspects of these issues.

Ruth currently runs her own online business, growing to now employ 3 part time employees and 3 self-employed consultants.

Ruth served as Methodist Foundation Governor at Lowes Wong Anglican and Methodist Junior School for a year and was a member of the Finance and Personnel committee throughout that time

Diana Poole

Trust Role - Schools and Education Director

Diana has a Masters Degree in Education.  She is a member of the Nottinghamshire Governors Support Service and is often deployed to support governing bodies in their development of the very best practice.

Diana was longstanding Chairperson of Halam Primary School governing body and as such has been key in several successful Ofsted inspections,  each of which (in the reports) has included positive reflections on the effectiveness of governance.

Dean Nicola Sullivan

Trust Role - Director of Christian Distinctiveness

Nicola is the Dean of Southwell and as such is responsible for the oversight of all aspects of day to day life at the Cathedral Church of Our Blessed Virgin Mary (Southwell Minster), including worship.

She was Vice Chair of the Minster School before taking up her position on the Board of the Minster Trust for Education.

There is currently one vacant Trustee post.